Trustee – Mr Richard Oliver
Richard lives in Derbyshire with his wife Emily, daughter Molly and their four year old son Alfie, who has Cerebral Palsy. Alfie loves to swim and Richard has seen first-hand how sport can help build friendships, confidence and physical fitness particularly with young people with CP. Richard is the Regional Political Officer for the GMB Trade Union in the Midland & East Coast Region and is currently helping lead the TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is calling for additional employment protection for terminally ill workers. Before joining the GMB, Richard was a Fundraising Manager for a regional Air Ambulance and he hope to bring this experience along with his understanding of policy, campaigns and communications to support the excellent work of Cerebral Palsy Sport.
What do you like about being a trustee?
Organisations like CP Sport make a huge difference to people and our communities but they can only continue their excellent work if the organisation has good governance and a clear vision for the future. I have only been a trustee for a short time but I can already see how we provide that solid foundation that allows all of the life-changing work delivered by the charity to not only continue but to go from strength to strength and this makes me extremely proud.
Furthermore, as a trustee, I have the opportunity to meet many fantastic people who work for the organisation, volunteer their time and energy or simply turn up to our events to particiapte, learn and compete and this too has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable.
What do you hope to achieve as a trustee in the future?
I want to ensure that, along with my fellow trustees, that we continue to provide the direction to improve and expand the organisation so that it can continue its tradition of excellence and ensure that these opportunities are available to more and more people, in particular more young and potentially socially excluded participants.
What does Cerebral Palsy Sport mean to you?
My five year old son, Alfie, has CP and I have already seen firsthand the difference that sport has made to his life. He is a keen swimmer and the activity has helped with his strength, helped build confidence, given him a sense of achievement and the opportunity to make new friends. I know that our charity delivers these same opportunities to hundreds of people across the country who otherwise might not get the chance and to many, these opportunities will be life changing. That is why I am extremely proud to play a small part in this great charity.